Where are Hearing Loop Systems installed?
Hearing Loops can be installed in any room of a home or in public venues such as churches, classrooms, theaters, college auditoriums, music venues, just about any place where large or small groups gather.
It is important that loop systems be installed by a certified professional to make sure it meets standards and can be tested to ensure good field strength and user satisfaction. Hearing Loop Systems don’t exist in a carton or on a warehouse shelf; but only when carefully designed, installed and certified for proper operation.
Additional areas that the Hearing Loop System can be installed include:
- Sports Facilities, Gymnasiums, Stadiums
- Court rooms and Government chambers
- Banquet Facilities
- Board rooms and meeting rooms
- Church Sanctuaries and Worship Centers
- High Schools and College Auditoriums
- Theatre and Performing Arts Facilities
- Museum exhibits
- Cars, buses, coaches, trams, trains, airplanes, cruise ships
- Elevators, lifts
- Public areas in airports, railways stations, subways, shopping malls
- Reception desks and information kiosks
- Point of sale locations such as ticket counters and check outs
- Drive-thru and pick-up windows such as those found at restaurants, pharmacies and banks.
A number of individuals have also looped their cars. They have wired both a dashboard microphone and radio output through an under-the-seat amplifier and out to wiring that surrounds passengers. The result is improved clarity of conversation for the hard of hearing, while still enabling them to hear sirens and horns, which are picked up by the microphone.
Hearing Loop System Costs
Hearing Loop System costs vary in expense, depending on the size and construction of the room. Considering the benefit received the cost is very reasonable and the hearing loop system has minimal or no maintenance.
Costs may range from $200-$300 for a home installed TV room loop or wireless (neck) loop device to $2500 – $5000 for a typical smaller facility (i.e., church) where the wire can be installed underneath the floor in the dropped ceiling of the basement. Some installations require extensive carpet work or wire installations in the grout of the tile floor. This of course increases the expense. Hearing loop are most easily installed during construction, remodeling or recarpeting.
Larger facilities with embedded metal will be more expensive. Auditorium hearing loops cost somewhat more than do other assistive listening systems. But the cost per user is typically less because many more people will use assistive listening that is hearing aid compatible. For the user, the t-coil cost is nominal and typically does not add to the hearing aid price. More and more public auditorium are adding hearing loop systems to get in compliance with ADA guidelines.
There are many things to consider when creating a system design and installation plan. We have listed a few considerations. Proper installation also requires test equipment to ensure that the installation meets the requirements for audio loops to ensure sound clarity, sound volume and uniformity from one venue to the next.
The following design factors determine the type and size of the amplifier and the layout of the loop antenna.
- Fixed loop or portable loop?
- Room size – length and width
- Room usage – standing area or seating area; fixed seating or movable seating
- Room coverage – the whole room or just a part of it.
- Location of existing sound system. If any.
- Adjacent rooms – does loop spillover need to be controlled for privacy reasons
- Floor construction – wood, concrete, on grade or suspended, how much reinforcement metal is used in the floor, carpet, tile, ceramic.
- Wall construction – wood or steel studding, baseboard type
- New construction or retrofit
- Loop antenna installation options
- Ambient electrical system noise and mitigation.
This is just a sample of some of the items we consider in giving you a custom quote. We encourage you to call us to discuss your particular situation.
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